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9:58 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Appeals Court Vacates Gill Pratt's Sentence

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Louisiana lawmaker found guilty of scheming to steal more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities but also ordered a lower court to resentence her.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision Wednesday, affirmed former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt's conviction but vacated her sentence and returned the case to the district level for resentencing.

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Latest News
11:56 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Rescued Chickens Available For Adoption At The LA/SPCA

Chickens available for adoption Monday at the LA/SPCA.
Credit Carolyn Scofield / WVUE

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is making over 100 hens and female chicks available for adoption on Monday. The birds were part of last week's massive seizure of animals from a property in New Orleans East suspected of being a holding, breeding and training area for fighting roosters.

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Street Vendors
3:05 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

City Cracking Down On Illegal Vendors Around Superdome

The City of New Orleans issued a reminder to vendors in the vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome today, saying that the city's Department of Finance and the New Orleans Police Department will be strictly enforcing vending ordinances during Saints home games.

Vendors who have not obtained permits to sell items such as clothing, bottled water, alcoholic beverages or other merchandise will be issued summonses and have to appear in Municipal Court. The city says the crackdown is intended to protect business owners who have valid vending licenses.

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Latest News
9:41 am
Wed August 14, 2013

State Police Kill Man Holding Hostages In St. Joseph Bank; One Hostage Killed

St. Jospeh, La., population 1176. The small community in Tensas Parish is located about 60 miles southeast of Monroe.
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Police say the suspect was mentally ill.

Louisiana police shot and killed a man they say shot two hostages inside a bank. One of the hostages was killed.

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BP Oil Spill
6:26 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Halliburton Will Plead Guilty To Destroying Evidence In BP Gulf Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 6:59 pm

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April 2010 that left 11 dead and resulted in the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

Justice said in a press release:

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Love NOLA
6:02 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Love NOLA: Is New Orleans The World’s Nicest City?

Brett Will Taylor

NolaVie's Brett Will Taylor delivers his biweekly commentary on the various meanings of 'being nice' in New Orleans.

“When did you become so nice?” 

That’s what a Boston friend asked me last week while in New Orleans for a visit. We were driving down North Robertson when the car in front of us came to a stop smack dab in the middle of the street. The man driving the car had stopped in order to have a conversation with a woman who was sitting on her stoop. It was quite clear this conversation was going to occur without the woman leaving her stoop. Or the man leaving his car. Which was now not stopped, but parked, in front of mine.

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WRKF
8:02 am
Sun June 23, 2013

To a Thief, Your Medicare Card Is Better Than a Credit Card

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:39 am

In May, The Advocate reported officials had indicted healthcare practitioners in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for fraudulent Medicare billings totaling at least $80 million. Julie Agan, Senior Medicare Patrol Officer for EQ Health, says the fraud could get worse, but there are ways to guard against it.

Julie Agan

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WRKF
12:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Bill Seeking Reduced Marijuana Possession Sentences Advances In State Senate

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 2:31 pm

A bill aiming to reduce the sentences of marijuana possession in Louisiana advanced Tuesday in the Senate.

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Voices on Violence
6:59 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Love NOLA: When It Comes To Violence, Are We Listening?

Brett Will Taylor

A recent study found that the average American hears 100,000 words per day. That's a lot of Tweets! With so much information swirling around us, is it any wonder that Americans may have forgotten the fine art of actually listening to what we hear? Here is a case for listening — to the voices surrounding one of our city's most pressing issues.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between hearing someone and listening to them.

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Statue Theft
2:38 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Have You Seen This Purloined Pig?

The pilfered pig, currently being sought by police.
NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a stolen pig statue, snatched from in front of a business in the 3400 block of Esplanade Ave. on the morning of May 1.

The statue is a pig dressed in a chef's outfit, holding a sign that reads "EAT MORE CRAWFISH".

Police spokesman Frank Robertson says the statue is valued at $6700, and was taken from a business that had a themed marquee. He says the police don't have any leads at this time, "But hopefully we will after we air this."

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